Final Fall Session: Christmas Fun
December 6, 2013 - The weather outside was frightful, so the gardeners had their final meeting in the cozy warmth of the library. After snack, Mrs. Regina gave the children the chance to decorate a gingerbread man cookie with frosting and candies. After clean-up, Ms. Lingo instructed the gardeners in making a quilting fabric holiday decoration. Mrs. Huelskoetter, Mrs. Regina, Mrs. Tina, and Mr. Brewster each helped the children with their decorating endeavors, and the results were festive!
How to Make a Quilt Fabric Ornament
Each gardener was supplied with a kit containing a 2.5" Styrofoam ball, approximately 45, 2.5" square pieces of fabric, a tapered wooden stylus, a brass brad, and a 10" length of ribbon. The ribbon was routed through the two arms of the brass brad, which was then pushed into the ball. The ribbon ends were knotted together. Next, the stylus was used to press the center of a square of fabric into the ball. The last step is repeated, distributing the fabric all over the ball.
If you have fresh greenery available, children can make a similar ornament by sticking cut ends into a Styrofoam ball. This is beautiful when completed in boxwood or soft evergreen. Small pinecones, often requiring glue, may also be added for interest.